Meet LCE


  • Aaron Ratliff

    Aaron started as LCE’s administrative assistant and provided direct care at Clearview Touch of Home. He is currently the Human Resources Manager and acts as the Property Manager for Windemere Apartments. He has a passion for navigating employment law, and enjoys fostering a work environment that not only allows all of LCE’s direct care staff to feel creative in their position, but appreciated. His time with LCE and his experience as an entrepreneur in the past have led him to further his education in the areas of business law, business administration and non-profit Management. When Aaron is away from the office, you can find him hiking to beautiful sites with his husband Wesley and their dog Otis, or spending time basking in the sun and sand of one of North Carolina’s amazing beaches and enjoying the southern charm of beautiful cities like Charleston.

  • Brad Alexander
    Brad Alexander

    In 2004, Brad was drawn to Liberty Corner because of a shared vision of how best to provide supports to people. He strives to help LCE continue to be a leader in helping people live healthy, happy lives. He has many years’ experience with CQL’s Personal Outcome Measures and provides overviews that show how this tool helps us focus on what is most important to people (see more in Who We Are). He believes that everyone has gifts they bring to their communities and that we are only beginning to understand how those gifts enrich all of us. Brad enjoys reading -especially comic books, tinkering, nerdy stuff, mountain biking, and spending time with his amazing family – Katy, Lily, Harold, and Arthur

  • Carol Blake
    Carol Blake

    A Georgia born native, Carol moved to the Asheville area in 1978. She quickly discovered a love and passion for supporting persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her dream was to locate an agency where individuals were encouraged and supported to pursue attainable dreams of living, working and enjoying the benefits of community living, too often denied to persons with disabilities. She found this at Liberty Corner Enterprises in 1991 when hired to work with an individual with ASD in a workshop day program. Carol later became production manager until it’s closing in 2002. For the past 14 years she has been an employment specialist and coordinator assisting persons find viable, meaningful work in their community. For her, the best day at work is being with someone who has just been offered a job. The excitement and joy upon their face is priceless. When she is not at work she enjoys time with her family, hiking, creek stomping and growing seasonal flowers.

  • Jen Waite

    Jen fell in love with the mountains of western NC in 2001, after growing up in upstate NY and finishing college in central PA. Coming from a business background, Jen began working as a Support Team Member at LCE over 12 years ago. She immediately found her niche in supporting people with a Person-Centered approach and began to look for ways to assist more people to create the lives they choose. Jen has taken steps to achieving this goal through becoming a certified Person-Centered Thinking trainer with The Learning Community, as well as leading a PCT COACHES group for the last six years. Outside of her LCE family, Jen loves being a Mom to two fun-loving children and a Wife to an outstanding partner. You may see her out around Asheville listening to live music or indulging in local restaurants, hanging out at a coffee shop or taking a walk in a nearby park with her family. Good music, great food, and a local Starbucks sums up Jen’s idea of a fun weekend out!

  • Jenny Thomas
    Jenny Thomas

    Jenny came to “The Corner” in December 2015 as the office manager. Since joining the LCE team she has created a successful volunteer program and continues to organize local fundraising events. She is a lover of plants, dinosaurs, roller skating, and funky sunglasses. Her passion lies in learning how communities develop, sustain, and work with one another to create initiatives for a common progressive goal. This passion was born out of her work in various communities and grass roots nonprofits in Asheville as a case manager, employment specialist, and social justice advocate. In her free time she enjoys gardening, hiking up a mountain or by a river with her pups Lily, Tuck, and Daisy, painting & drawing, and caring for bees and chickens with her partner, Daryl.

  • Julie Crosson
    Julie Crosson

    Julie started at Liberty Corner as an Administrative Assistant in 2007 after 10+ years in the restaurant industry.  Like many Liberty Corner employees, she was introduced to the agency and its purpose by a family member who worked there.  In what started as an attempt to use her degree from the University of Colorado outside of food service, Julie stumbled upon a cause and a group of people about which she has become very passionate.  Currently serving as the agency’s bookkeeper, Julie uses the customer service skills she has gained over the years to ensure that people walk out of her office with a smile on their face.

  • Kate Kearns
    Kate Kearns

    Kate Kearns has been with the Corner since 2013. In the time she’s been at LCE, Kate has worn many hats including Support Team Member, QP Assistant, and now serves as Service Coordinator for Windemere and Clearview Touch of Home. In addition to her QP role, Kate can be found serving on several committees within the agency, teaching sign language class, and practicing and assisting with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy on a weekly basis. Kate is an ongoing source of optimism and creativity; she often applies a forward-thinking approach to her work, including leading by examples of kindness and compassion. Kate’s favorite part about working at LCE is the relaxed, family-like atmosphere and the joy of collaborating with amazing people. She truly feels at home here and looks forward to spending many more years with the agency. When she’s not making a difference at LCE, Kate enjoys exploring the area and is always looking for new adventures. She is an avid knitter and can also be found walking the boards in local community theatre.

  • Leisa Young
    Leisa Young

    Born & raised here in Western North Carolina, Leisa enjoys taking advantage of all that nature offers in the beautiful mountains of WNC. She is proud to call the Blue Ridge her home, & in her free time you can catch her hiking, biking, snowboarding, camping, boating, fly fishing, & backpacking. She holds an intense love of both photography & animals. She operates a part time photography business & also trains dogs to receive their Therapy Dog Certification. She also enjoy landscaping, travel, playing guitar, & supporting local animal rescue groups.

    Leisa is passionate about working with & serving the IDD population & has more than 20 years of experience in the field. Some of her previous experience includes working as a Targeted Case Manager, managing a Day Treatment Program, & working direct care in an ICF children’s group home. While living in Colorado, she also managed an Outdoor Therapy program which focused on inclusion for children diagnosed with Developmental Disabilities.

  • Melissa Burress
    Melissa Burress

    Melissa, a 1994 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in environmental sociology, has more than 25 years of progressively responsible experience in the human service field. She holds multiple certificates including, but not limited to: Gentle Teaching, Person Centered Organization and Services, graduate of the Leadership Institute of the University of Delaware, Outcomes Interviewer and a practitioner as well as instructor in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

    Three words that best describe Melissa are kind, compassionate and a master encourager of people in reaching their dreams. When not providing a trusting, supporting atmosphere for the Liberty Corner community Melissa spends her time submerged in nature, exploring and adventuring what life has to offer.

  • Ray Escott
    Ray Escott

    Ray began his career with LCE fourteen years ago as a Job Coach, helping people with different abilities to find employment with all kinds of businesses in the community. He eventually became an Employment Specialist Supervisor and now is employed as the Vocational Rehabilitation Coordinator. When not helping people find meaningful work, Ray loves walking, bicycling, travel, and reading.

Board of Directors

  • Ellen Williams, MBA, RPh
    Ellen Williams, MBA, RPh

    Ellen started her career as a hospital pharmacist in the late  70s.  She quickly learned that she had a gift for leadership and completed her MBA while working as a hospital pharmacist in the early 80s.  From that time forward, she has provided leadership to a 1000 prescription a day indigent clinic, quality program in a hospital and finally as a director in a major hospital for the last 15 years.   Her specialities include quality leadership, organizational management, self governance, contracting, financial review, strategic leadership, and patient medication safety.

    Her interest in Liberty Corner  Enterprise (LCE) started in 2012 when, after being approached by the executive director, she toured the facilities and was impressed by the services and devotion that she observed.   Liberty Corner provides a much needed community service and the community of western North Carolina is fortunate to have this extraordinary quality service provision.     Ellen’s interest is in keeping LCE a viable, quality organization that, because of governmental funding reduction, needs to expand to provide for more clients and families.

  • Greta Byrd
    Greta Byrd

    Greta Byrd considers herself fortunate to have worked in support of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental illness for the past 25 years. Greta has worked with non-profits and the public management entities responsible for the coordination services, supports, and funding  Beginning her career as a direct support professional and moving into management and leadership positions in both non-profit and public management of service and supports for individuals has provided her with a profound respect for the individuals receiving support, their families, and the agencies providing care. Greta has provided consultation and training throughout North Carolina on person centered practices and organizational leadership. Greta has served on various boards and advisory councils including the WNC Housing, Inc. Board of Directors and the Adult Care Home Advisory Council.  An advocate for affordable housing, she received the Mayor’s Award for Housing in 2008. She has an MBA in Healthcare Management.  Currently, Greta is the Regional Director for the Autism Society of North Carolina.

  • Jim Wilde
    Jim Wilde

    Jim Wilde, formerly a partner with the Dameron Burgin Law Firm in Marion, North Carolina, practices primarily in the area of medical malpractice defense litigation. Jim has more than 20 years experience successfully representing hospitals, doctors, nurses, nursing homes, psychiatric facilities, and emergency room physicians.

    Jim’s practice areas also include products liability law, commercial and business litigation, and premises liability insurance claims. Jim has a diverse clientele that includes a Fortune 500 computer manufacturer and a national corporation that places children in therapeutic foster homes.

    Jim, who is also licensed to practice law in the state of Texas, is an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, the Defense Research Institute, North Carolina and Texas State Bars, the Houston Bar Association, Fellow Texas Bar Foundation, the Houston Medical Legal Society, and the Greater Houston Society of Health Risk Managers.

  • Linda McDaniel
    Linda McDaniel

    Linda joined the board in February 2015….more to follow soon…

Human Rights Committee

Liberty Corner strives to support the rights of people with developmental disabilities through our Human Rights Committee.

The Rights Committee includes members otherwise unaffiliated with Liberty Corner in order to insure a bias-free environment.  They review and address possible rights violations or other issues to protect the rights of the people we support.

  • Bob Grimes
    Bob Grimes

    More to follow soon…

  • Carole Graham Williams
    Carole Graham Williams

    I retired from 40 years of service with the N.C. Division of Services for the Blind. I currently works part-time as a note-taker at AB Tech for a Hard of Hearing Student. Liberty Corner Enterprises has impressed me with their dedication to allowing every single individual, no matter what or how severe their disabilities, the opportunity to live as full and independent a life as they can and choose to live. The first time I encountered their philosophy, was when a coworker and I went there with a young man who was totally deaf, blind, profoundly developmentally delayed and for whom we had been seeking services to include employment. All other agencies had refused, stating that the young man was too “handicapped” to work. At LCE, we were told what an “asset” this person would be to their program. They then proceeded to assist him in finding a job that he enjoyed and even offered him a choice. Since then, they have been at the top of my list.

  • Linda McDaniel
    Linda McDaniel

    I work as the Advocate and Community Resource Specialist for the Arc of Buncombe County.   I choose to serve on the LCE Human Right Committee to ensure that each individual receives all rights that they are entitled to.  Individuals no matter what their disability,  deserves a life of dignity, choice and opportunity.  Each individual should have optimum care and services .

  • Patti Griffin
    Patti Griffin

    More to follow soon…

  • Sherry Douglas
    Sherry Douglas

    More to follow soon…

  • Tzena Keyes
    Tzena Keyes

    More to follow soon…